Avengers: Age of Ultron is nearing release, and the actors are opening up about their characters. Things have definitely changed for the heroes’ individual stories since the first Avengers film.
Scarlett Johansson was the first to talk about her role as the mysterious Black Widow, a character we really don’t know much about. This is surprising after she played a major role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even then, all we learned was how her loyalties had betrayed her.
Another character which really hasn’t changed much was Hulk. While it’s difficult to get a character arc out of a man who turns from a scientist into a giant raging green monster, Mark Ruffalo has revealed a definite evolution to the character.
“I think he’s definitely matured a little bit since the last one. He’s become more acclimated to this thing and to being part of the team. I think he feels more a part of them all. But in this particular take on it, it’s a much more character-driven version of The Avengers than the first one. It gets a little deeper into each character.
“Hulk is the kind of wild card. He’s the loose cannon of the group. He’s more like an atom bomb. You could guess where he’s going to go but he could go either way. I think that there is, obviously, the day when everyone expects it to go wrong and that day comes. And they’re ready. And Bruce designed the contingency plan. As much as you feel Bruce has some mastery over it – certainly, with ‘I’m always angry’ and he can turn into it at will – I still feel that there’s some part of him that doesn’t completely trust it and doesn’t completely trust himself.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron will see a lot of changes happen, now setting up for the highly anticipated Civil War treatment in the next Captain America. We will see a rift begin to form between Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) as they prepare to take on a robotic opponent which threatens them all.
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Mark Ruffalo also mentioned how the first ensemble film helped set up a kind of unity between Bruce Banner and Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“They did all kinds of stuff, I’ve seen all of it. I think it’s really cool that there’s this kind of open source riffing based on these pop culture references. I get a kick out of it, I didn’t think it was going to turn into that. … And so it worked. I had no idea it was going to pop in the way it did and the funny ways it spun off. It’s become quite a, let’s say, fetish for some folks. Science Bros Plus.”
Are you ready to see how the characters evolve in Avengers: Age of Ultron?
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